Who are Reservists and what do they do?
Reservists are part of team of highly skilled individuals, known as the Canadian Reserve Force. The Reserve Force has four sub-components but the Primary Reserve is the largest component. Reservists usually have a full-time job or attend school during the daytime and work on a part-time basis with the CAF to make a positive impact on their community, learn new skills and earn a little extra money.
Reservists play an important role in supporting Canadian operations both at home and abroad. In the past, part-time CAF members have kept Canadians safe and secure by:
- helping with flood relief efforts in Quebec and Manitoba
- fighting forest fires in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia
- participating in recovery efforts following ice storms in eastern Canada
- assisting with hurricane relief efforts in Newfoundland and Labrador
Reservists are also active in their communities and help with cultural events, parades, festivals and other public events in communities across Canada, including the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Our part-time members may also choose to serve overseas, when there are opportunities available.
Get new skills, make friendships and get paid
We offer part-time jobs in health care, engineering, law, administration, public protection and more! Unlike our full-time positions, these jobs are available by location. Find a unit near you for jobs available in your area.
Earn an extra paycheque and get benefits
Your pay will increase with your skill level and seniority in the Forces. To help you achieve your professional goals, we offer education reimbursements of up to $2000 a year to a max of $8000 for a post-secondary education that will help you advance in rank. On top of great pay and advancement opportunities, you will have access to an excellent benefits package, which includes paid vacation days, health and dental coverage, a pension, and more!
Maintain a healthy work/life balance
As a Reservist, you will typically work one night a week and occasionally participate in weekend training activities or tasks. The Many of our members choose to spend their spare time pursuing their education or working another job. On top of a flexible schedule, you may have access to benefits to maximize your personal time including time off and ongoing support programs. Talk to a recruiter in your area about benefits available to the different Reserve class types.